Homeland Security Committee Approves Three Portman Bills

February 13, 2019 | Press Releases

Bipartisan Measures Strengthen Cybersecurity Efforts & Increase Government Transparency Online 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed three bipartisan bills authored by U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) that will bolster efforts by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prevent cyberattacks on federal agencies and the private sector and increase federal government transparency online.  He issued the following statement: 

Our cyber response teams play an important role in protecting against cyber threats and help get our cyber infrastructure back up and running after an attack occurs.  I applaud the committee for approving this bipartisan legislation and urge the full Senate to pass it soon so we can ensure that DHS has the authorities it needs to effectively reduce cybersecurity risks as soon as possible.  I’m also pleased that the committee approved two bipartisan measures designed to increase federal government transparency and give our citizens access to taxpayer-funded reports and studies. I urge the full Senate to pass these measures soon.”    

NOTE: The three bipartisan Portman bills approved by the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today include the following: 

  • DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act to permanently authorize the “cyber hunt” and “cyber incident response” teams at DHS that work to help prevent cyberattacks on federal agencies and the private sector, and help mitigate the impact of such attacks when they occur. Portman recently reintroduced this measure Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH).
  • Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act requires the Government Publishing Office (GPO) to publish an online public database of all executive branch reports mandated by Congress.
  • Modernizing Congressional Reporting Act requires each federal agency to self-publish the congressionally-mandated reports the agency is required to produce each year.  

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